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Monday, December 29, 2014

Our Christmas Day

I hope everyone had a very fantastic Christmas, I know I did!  It was nice just to have a quiet day at home enjoying our gifts and lots of food.  You know how everyone always asks what you got for Christmas but you can never remember?  Well I have decided to do a blog to avoid that problem.  I also want everyone to know how grateful I am for everything.  I was totally spoiled and want to thank everyone so much.  I love that even as far as 2000 miles away, my friends and family still think about me.  
Anyway, I will start off with my Christmas cards this year.  I always send out a ridiculous amount of cards and hardly ever get many back.  I am fine with that, I know that small mail is getting more and more rare, and people just don't have the time anymore.  Not to mention stamp prices are outrageous! This year though, I got more cards back than I think I ever have and was totally excited about it!  I may never take them down.  Thank you to everyone that sent to us this year!

Since I am really an 8 year old, I actually got no sleep Christmas eve, and was pretty much dragging josh out of bed, not letting him even have his morning coffee before opening his stocking.  I did though, have time to dress up the cats in their reindeer and elf costume and put on a Charlie brown Christmas.

Now on to the gifts.  I hate to pick favorites but I am pretty much obsessed with my Dyson DC 59 Digital Slim Vacuum my parents got me from Target.  I have been vacuuming about 3 times a day and may have acquired a small OCD.  Its been quite a while since I had a decent vacuum, not having anything but a dust buster in Alaska, then one from the 80s that worked sometimes in Peru and having a Swiffer vac (which I really do love, it just doesn't pick up things like litter) here in NJ.  Thanks mommy!  Also I am possibly going to live in these leggings that my parents also got me, and this sweater I got on half price at Old Navy.

Josh got me this awesome Sephora Superstars set that I had been eyeing.  It is one of the best gift sets I have seen and has some of my favorite brands.

 He also got me this Tom Ford Neroli Portofino body spray.  This is my favorite perfume ever, but it is outrageously expensive so I was excited to get this, which is almost as good haha.

I got this awesome Redken set from my brother and sister in law, Luke and Vanessa, LOVE Redken.

Josh got me the Backyard Farmer Pickling set.  Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE gardening and pickling and making preserves.  I obviously can't garden living in a high-rise, but I can make pickles.  I can't wait to try this out.

Candy Cane Crunch bar (SO GOOD) and the tea towel that sums up my life from my friends Ken and Susan.

Josh got me this Fox heating pad and wallet/purse/phone holder from one of my favorite stores, Francesca's and my mom got me the adorable little jewelry dish there as well.

Josh got me this NYC Subway cuff and double ended Chrysler building necklace from one of my favorite jewelry designers Design Hype.  Check out there stuff, its amazing!

Josh also got me two Alex and Ani bracelets which I love getting and I have quite a collection of them!  Love these NYC and birthstone ones.

My mom, who sells South Hills Designs got me this bracelet, similar to the Alex and Ani, but with a bit of a personal touch.  If you haven't checked out South Hill Designs you should!  They have lovely jewelry and those cute lockets with the little charms inside.  So cute!

I have been collecting Thomas Sabo charms for a few years now, and haven't gotten a charm in a long time so I was super excited to get a new one fem Josh.  The new one is the little heart, key and pearl one that is way shinier than the rest.  I did shine up the bracelet after I took this pic and it looks fantastic!  He also got me this day planner that is super nice and much needed!

My water diffuser bottle from Josh is another thing I have wanted for so long!  I drink a ridiculous amount of water and its so nice to have a little natural flavor in it sometimes.  

My parents got me this cute little bracelet set too.

 My bestie Miranda got me this little set of Stella and Dot earrings.  How adorable are they?  I just love Stella and Dot too!

My stepdad in law picked out this awesome Colorado Avalanche spatula. Love it!

 One of my stocking stuffers was these touch screen SK Roughriders mini gloves from my parents.  Can never have too much Rider apparel if you are from Saskatchewan!

This is just a little thing but its so handy!  A Metrocard holder/NYC subway map from my parents.

This spoon bracelet from my parents in law!  I am obsessed with vintage silverware jewelry!

A cute new vintage apron from Josh, anyone who knows what a mess I am knows this is necessary.

 My other bestie Nicole got me the following things, and I love them all!  A cute faux fur cowl, Sweater from Charlotte Russe and a Bare-minerals makeup set.

Grandma Jean got me this adorable shirt (because I'm a crazy cat lady) and this pretty little bear Christmas ornament.

These are my "favorite leggings in the world" leggings from my parent's dogs and my bro.

 I also got some gift cards which I always LOVE, from my inlaws.

I'm a very "green" person so I love getting new reusable shopping bags, especially this cute NYC one from my mom.

 Josh got me this little "Mana-tea" Loose leaf tea diffuser.  I have wanted him for ages!

We also got $100 dollars from Grandma and Grandpa Christensen, nothing better than cold hard cash!  Love you all and thank you so much!  

Before Christmas, Josh ordered a couple classic Christmas albums; A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frank Sinatra's Christmas.  Both amazing.  Not sure if the cats liked the music or if they were enthralled by the spinning record.

Jinx likes to help us unwrap gifts.

I spent most of the morning preparing a Christmas lunch for us.  I love cooking but doing all that on Christmas day seems like a lot of work!  Good thing it was all delicious.

We relaxed most of the afternoon (we were in a total food coma) and then headed out to go to the city not long before dark.  This is a picture taken in the Newport Green in front of our building.  Meowy Christmas!

Rockefeller Center was a total madhouse.  Thousands and thousands of people lined unto get a view of the famous tree.  We didn't want to wait in line, and didn't want to be in the mob of people, so we just skirted the side of it and grabbed some pics.  It really is truly breathtaking.

On the way back to the subway we had a fantastic view of the Empire State Building and its Christmas colors.  I just never get enough of this building.  I <3 NY!

We got home and watched some Christmas movies and had a very early night!  I hope your Christmas was as magical as mine.  Have a great New Year!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! You got hooked up for Christmas! Love all your gifts! The kitty cosutmes are really cute!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle